With Ryan Harris announcing his retirement just days before the 2015 Ashes, the onus is now on Mitchell Starc to strike with the new ball. Starc has been in fabulous form since the last couple of years in the shorter forms of the game. However, against West Indies, he looked to be in great shape even for test cricket. The power packed performance in West Indies was followed by a five for against Essex in the tour game. With his confidence sky high, Starc has made it evident that he doesn’t want to spare England.
In a recent interaction, the menacing pacer said that he is desperate to inflict wounds on England. “Having some guys who can bowl some good heat — and we can swing it — it is always good to see those batsmen jumping around and making life hard for them,” said Starc, who had a stint with Yorkshire in 2012.
“When you have a few guys who can consistently bowl over 140kph (87mph), that is great to have because there is no respite. We will have Mitch Johnson coming in, who has terrorised England in Australia, then Josh and I are following on and can hopefully both push it up a decent pace as well,” said Starc.
The pacer also said that he now has the armory which is needed for a pacer to excel on unresponsive decks. “I have probably gained a yard or two but for me it is that consistency, which is what I was questioned about for a long time and tried to find,” he said.
“There is that confidence in myself now that in a pretty dead, lifeless wicket I can produce consistently. Now over the last six months, it is really getting to the point where it needs to be in terms of being able to swing the ball for a while. It is all merging into one and I am starting to see results,” said Starc.
He also spoke about being aggressive and hostile towards England. “I am not one to chirp the batsmen, I am just trying to concentrate on bowling and do my own thing,” he said. “I am not the same all-out aggression like Mitch (Johnson), and am not going to change the way I play cricket just for one series. I am still going to be trying to do the same thing I have done over the past 12 months, to play some good cricket,” said Starc.